Reinforcements called in for injured players
Padres add OF Dickerson, RHP Edwards and catcher Gale to roster
SAN DIEGO -- With Derek Norris, Shawn Kelley and Yonder Alonso exiting with injuries in Tuesday's 8-6 loss, the Padres recalled outfielder Alex Dickerson and right-hander Jon Edwards from Triple-A El Paso, and selected the contract of catcher Rocky Gale.
Left-hander Chris Rearick was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
First baseman Alonso left in the third inning of Tuesday's game with lower-back tightness. In a play at the plate in the seventh inning, Norris sustained a left-shoulder and elbow hyperextension, and moments later reliever Kelley left the game with right-forearm tightness.
"Luckily it doesn't look like any of them look that serious," interim manager Pat Murphy said Wednesday. "You will see those guys back in the lineup before long."
Assistant general manager Josh Stein said that the team came out of Tuesday's game fortunate in regards to the injuries.
Norris pinch-hit for center fielder Travis Jankowski in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers and flied out to right field.
Dickerson, who was named Pacific Coast League's Rookie of the Year on Tuesday, will make his second stint with the Padres this season. He was called up Aug. 6, and recorded his first career hit while playing in two games with the Padres.
"Dickerson has a little hip injury, but I think he's available to pinch-hit," Murphy said. "I think that's the role you will see him in."
Edwards was acquired on Aug. 21 in the trade of Will Venable to Texas. The 27-year-old made nine appearances with the Rangers this season and had 37 appearances in the Minors with El Paso and Texas' Triple-A Round Rock. He had a 1.23 ERA with 23 saves.
"You will see him pitch in short stints," Murphy said.
Stein said that Kelley would be down at least a couple of days, but didn't need an MRI after passing stress tests to rule out an elbow or ligament injury.
"When a pitcher walks off the mound like that, I think my head goes worst-case scenario, but it's not in a portion of the forearm or close to the elbow where you get really concerned," Stein said. "I think we might have caught a break on that one."
For Gale, drafted by the Padres in the 24th round of the 2010 Draft, this is his first Major League stint. He hit .307 with 39 RBIs in 102 games with El Paso.
Austin Hedges started at catcher Wednesday, with Gale as his backup. Brett Wallace started at first base for Alonso.
"Derek came out of that really well, we are going to see how he feels," Murphy said. "Rocky is available, I trust him defensively for sure."
• Wil Myers made another rehab start with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore on Wednesday night, hitting leadoff and starting at first base. Myers had four plate appearances Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a walk. He has been on the disabled list since June 15 with left-wrist tendinitis and has played in just 35 games this season.
"I know he came out and felt strong and felt how you would want to feel after your first rehab game," Stein said. "[We will] determine after first few games on when the next steps will be."
• Stein said that Josh Johnson, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, felt good after throwing a 17-pitch simulated game Tuesday.